"One of NY's most important Latin voices" (TIMEOUT NY), Jose Conde has for over 10 years thrilled audiences in thousands of public and private events large and small in NYC, across the USA and Canada, in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Whether with small rustic combo or large brassy band, this dynamic and exciting bandleader and performer inspires dancing and good times with his distinguished artistry, talent, charisma, and professionalism that he brings to every event and performance. Conde and his musicians are well versed in Cuban son, classic Salsa, timba, jazz, bolero, descarga, trova, American songbook, funk, and more and they have a wide repertoire that includes popular and obscure covers as well as their own lauded originals. Some of the band's influences include Buena Vista Social Club, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Ruben Blades, Beny More, Isaac Delgado, NG La Banda, The Meters, Earth Wind and Fire, Los Van Van, Guillermo Portabales, Changui, Guajira, Los Papines, Pete Conde Rodriguez, Perez Prado, Gran Combo etc.
In 2008 Conde and his concert band OLA FRESCA won the Best Latin Album Independent, Music Award for their all original music Latin dance album, (R)evolucion, receiving outstanding international critical acclaim from amongst others, NYTIMES, BBC, and NPR. OLA FRESCA's succesful Kickstarter campaign in May of 2014 has resulted in the recording of the ambitious salsa album ELIXIR which will be released in the spring of 2015 on Conde's own PIPIKI RECORDS label.
Conde and his colleagues are top level concert artists who enjoy bringing the highest standard of Latin music to events of any caliber or budget. Contact us for availability. Quotes are given after a phone consultation.
Jose Conde y Ola Fresca have been featured in Montreal Jazz Festival, New York Summerstage, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Voodoo Festival, Santa Monica Pier, Cipriani, Joes Pub, SOB's, and countless public and private events large and small across the US and abroad. Here is some of the reaction : "Utterly swinging" -BOSTON GLOBE, "Brilliant. Thrilling" -BILLBOARD. Jose Conde has produced 3 internationally acclaimed original albums
While his music and musicianship delivers authentic powerful Latin sound , Jose Conde brings unparalleled professionalism and vision to all aspects of private events. He is meticulous in preparation, planning, and communication with client, working to ensure they are happy and secure at every step of the process, not just the gig. Conde has collaborated with some of the top party planners in the industry producing highly exclusive live music events in New York and throughout the US and internationally. Other than the Brooklyn based Salsa/Cuban roots dance band Ola Fresca, Conde also leads his own solo World Latin funk ensemble and the children's project Baby Loves Salsa which is a Quartet (RopeaDope/Sony-2008). Private events are customized to budget and taste within certain parameters and feature configurations of Jose's bands from small rustic groups to large ensembles or also featuring Conde as a solo performer.
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Solo to 10 piece, 18 piece mambo band. Ola Fresca Concert Octet
We have many options and configure the size and musical focus of the band to the client's taste and budget as much as possible.
The pan -Latin repertoire is vast, the music is intoxicating, elegant, and for dancers or non dancers, Spanish or non Spanish speakers all swoon.
* * * * BEST LATIN ALBUM Winner! -2008 Independent Music Awards (R)Evolucion * * * *
* * * * BEST LATIN BAND Gigmasters Winner!! 2010, 2008 * * * *
Member of BMI, NARAS, APAP, 3x WOMEX World Music Conference member
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***PLEASE NOTE - QUOTES FOR JOSE CONDE AVAILABLE BY PHONE ONLY. THANK YOU!***
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